80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo, 5% SyrahEstate-grown, hand-harvested grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with approximately 15 days maceration. During fermentation, delestage and pumping-over takes place twice a day. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked into barrels and 4,000 liter casks where it matures for about one year.
91 James Suckling - A tangy and fresh red with plum, dried lemon and berry character. Medium body, bright fruit and a fruity finish. Drink now.
89+ Points Vinous - The 2016 Chianti Classico is one of the prettiest and most refined wines of the vintage. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, mint and white pepper give the 2014 much of its signature brightness and vibrancy. The cool, late-ripening season produced a lithe Chianti Classico with salivating acidity and mid-weight structure. Of course, those are qualities the Isole e Olena wines tend to have in most vintages, but in 2016, they are accentuated. I imagine the biting acidity will give the 2014 many years of life in the cellar. The 2016 has all the potential to be one of the sleepers of this vintage.